The 168th Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Meeting, a joint meeting of ARL and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), convened April 26–28, 2016, in Vancouver, British Columbia. This meeting marked the quinquennial joint meeting of the two associations.
Under the leadership of ARL president Larry Alford of University of Toronto and CARL president Martha Whitehead of Queen’s University, the program featured a variety of engaging sessions centered on the theme of global partnerships. The meeting host, Ingrid Parent of University of British Columbia (UBC), planned a lovely reception on the UBC campus, and she and her staff welcomed the ARL and CARL memberships to Vancouver.
The ARL Member Engagement and Outreach Committee hosted the first annual ARL Film Festival (the ARLies) during the meeting. The ARLies highlight and share multimedia products developed by member institutions to increase knowledge and use of libraries, their spaces, services, collections, and expertise. Of 57 short videos submitted by ARL and CARL members, the committee chose 26 to be viewed by members and guests on the evening of April 26. Members voted following the film viewing and the 10 award winners were announced during the meeting on April 27. All the 2016 ARLies entries and descriptions of the 26 featured films are available online.
Speakers’ slides from many of the meeting presentations are linked from the program schedule on the ARL website.
The Association of Research Libraries membership will next convene on September 27–28, 2016, in Washington, DC.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.